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The “Unconference” in Radiological Society Meetings

Published:November 02, 2015DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2015.10.003
      Professional society conferences provide an important mechanism for radiologists to experience the latest advances in the field by attending an array of scientific and educational talks over the course of the meeting. However, radiologists may value the “hallway” conversations, as well as other networking and collaboration opportunities in between formal scheduled events, more than the events themselves (
      • Cutting W.A.
      How to do it. Participate in an international conference.
      ,
      • Pierce G.
      The dilemma of attending (or not) scientific conferences.
      ). Such dialogs that arise informally among attendees encourage an open exchange of ideas, focused on those ideas that individuals find of greatest personal relevance and without being bound by the relatively fixed content of prearranged sessions (
      • Hamlin K.
      Unconferencing—how to prepare to attend an unconference.
      ). As potential educational platforms that encourage learner participation and flexibility of content (such as wikis, blogs, and crowdsourced discourse) become increasingly prevalent, conference attendees may likewise experience an increasing desire, if not expectation, to be able to tailor meeting content to reflect that which is considered to be most pertinent to one's own educational interests (
      • Boule M.
      Mob rule learning: camps, unconferences, and trashing the talking head.
      ). Indeed, a recent study reported a marked increase in the use of the microblogging network Twitter at the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting between two consecutive years (
      • Hawkins C.M.
      • Duszak R.
      • Rawson J.V.
      Social media in radiology: early trends in Twitter microblogging at radiology's largest international meeting.
      ).
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